Here’s a guide to help you know when and where to watch the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 coming up next year.
Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 can be shown far with its March 4 date for the live stream and in-person presentation, but it’s fast approaching – with fan polls opening sooner rather than later. This year’s program will be live streamed worldwide, along with the physical presentation taking place at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. So far, the nomination categories, judges and presenters have been announced.
Last year’s ceremony received 17 million votes from fans in around 235 countries and territories. Crunchyroll claimed that this will be the biggest show to date, as it has finally moved back to its personal roots back in 2017.
This seventh edition of the awards will most likely see the latest, notable and critically acclaimed anime films and TV shows of 2022. I expect to see One Piece Movie: Red against Jujutsu Kaisen 0 in the film category(s); or I can see how Spy x Family, My Hero Academia Season 6, Chainsaw Man and Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 fighting for the glorious spot of Anime of the Year.
How does The Crunchyroll Anime Awards choose a winner?
The first round of voting for nominations will see a massive panel of judges, made up of industry insiders and media professionals from various anime backgrounds, who will narrow down six nominees for each category. Then, round two of voting will be where fans vote for their favorites of the six nominees in each category. The grand winner of each category will then be announced at the awards ceremony.
Who are the judges for Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023?
There will be over 50 judges who have been carefully selected along with industry experts and professionals from different backgrounds and tastes of anime. The full list can be found on the Crunchyroll site.
Who are the nominees for the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023?
The nominees will be announced closer to the voting period in January 2023.
How can I vote in Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023?
Voting will take place between 19 January 2023 at 9.00 PT until January 25 at 17.00 PT. More details will be revealed closer to January, but fans will have this opportunity to vote for their favorite anime movies and series in each category.
Who Will Host Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 In Tokyo, Japan?
The award ceremony will be proudly presented by voice actress Sally Amaki (Carol Olston i Tomo-chan is a girl!) and pop entertainer Jon Kabira. Amaki shared his excitement about hosting this year’s awards ceremony, “I am very excited to see which anime will win in each category! I will do my best to host this exciting event!”
What is Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 Categories?
Here is a list of all the categories that will be announced during the awards ceremony, as listed on the awards website:
- Special Achievement Award – This award serves to recognize an individual, studio or company (past or present) that has impacted the industry in a notable way. Without their contributions, anime would not be where it is today, so this award means reaching legendary status.
- Best Original Anime – An original anime is not adapted from the source material; it is a completely unique creation. While that in itself is an achievement, these shows also present an impactful and entertaining story that elevates the title to another level.
- Best Character Design -. This category celebrates artists who have either created iconic anime characters or brought one to life from other sources such as manga or light novels. Thanks to their understanding of design principles, great character designers can tell a story from how someone is drawn, while the legendary ones create characters you recognize by their silhouette.
- Best animation – Here we recognize anime that is visually impressive in the way they bring their stories to life. Regardless of the animation style, these shows provide a visual feast for viewers to enjoy, immersing audiences into previously unimaginable worlds.
- Best Continuing Series – Maintaining excellence is no small feat, especially when it comes to anime. Considering all the creativity, effort and planning that goes into one season, the ability to hold a fan’s attention year after year is worthy of celebration.
- Best romance – A great romance can melt the heart of the coldest cynic. These captivating stories draw us in and remind us of the best things about being alive. With their hopeful messages, these shows find a way to make you believe in the power of love.
- Best Fantasy – Best Fantasy is about imagination, creativity and a bit of magic. These shows don’t just take us to other worlds, they create deep, original universes full of mythical creatures where even the smallest detail is driven by ideas previously unthinkable.
- Best Comedy – Whether they catch you off guard with a unique point of view, or the dialogue seems like it was made by a stand-up comedian, these are the shows that will make you laugh out loud and make your side hurt by the end.
- The presenter’s choice – Crunchyroll has invited a special guest to present an award of their choice to an honored contributor. It’s an opportunity to recognize a person, studio or company for a variety of reasons, including celebrating a milestone, overcoming something daunting or achieving something inspiring. NOTE: This winner is determined by the special guest(s).
- Best score – An important part of an unforgettable anime is the original music composed for it. A well-crafted score adds another dimension of depth and emotion to any scene with compositions that are not only closely associated with an anime, but can also stand alone as masterpieces of music.
- Best Anime Song – This category recognizes a vocalist, instrumental, soloist, duo, group, or collaboration recording played during any part of an anime series. These are the songs that get stuck in your head, make you want to sing along, or give you a rush of emotion.
- Best movie – Here we celebrate non-episodic anime with running times longer than a standard episode, whether they were released in cinemas, on DVD or online. The best of the best live up to the hype, leaving fans wondering where the time went.
- Best director – To paraphrase Hayao Miyazaki, “An anime is a reflection of the director.” Of central importance, directors work behind the scenes, communicating their vision and imagination to animators, making critical decisions and managing the creative aspects of the production.
- Anime of the Year – This is the show that sets the standard for anime in the past year, towering above all others. Its compelling story, beautiful artistic execution, unforgettable characters combine in a unique way to create a masterpiece that deserves unparalleled recognition. Whether the show was an unexpected hit, or delivered on fans’ high expectations, Anime of the Year represents absolute excellence.
Then there are the categories that are awarded during the fan stream:
- Best Main Character – Whether hero, anti-hero or villain, a main character is the face of their series. But it’s not just their personalities or traits that make them endearing, it’s their well-developed stories and the journeys they take us on that make them worthy.
- Best Supporting Character – This category celebrates sidekicks as if they were number one. Side characters come in all shapes and sizes, but the best among them manage to shine just as brightly as the main character’s counterparts when summoned.
- “Must protect at all costs” character – These are the characters that make the world feel like a kinder, more special place. Whether they’re a serious protagonist who always gets back up or a pure cinnamon roll who holds a group together, these characters remind us that there are some things in life worth protecting.
- Best New Series – While countless new anime are created each year, this category honors the series and spin-offs that stand out. These instant classics have something unique that keeps viewers enthralled and passionately waiting for season two.
- Best Opening Sequence – Through striking graphics and irresistible music, a great opening sequence sets the stage for what’s to come. Whether it’s setting a quirky mood for an off-beat rom-com, or striking a dark and serious tone for suspense, a memorable opening has as much creativity and passion as the show it introduces.
- Best Ending Sequence – Like the opening, an unforgettable final sequence combines design and music to delight and surprise. Often a place where the art style can be taken in completely new directions, a great ending sequence allows viewers to catch their breath and enjoy small moments with a character.
- Best Action – This category rewards a show that has action at its core. These titles would leave the audience with their hearts pounding, their palms sweaty, and everyone gasping for breath at the astonishing sequences depicted.
- Best Drama – These anime convey something important about the human experience. Their mastery of building and relieving tension puts fans on the edge of their seats, feeling all their emotions, forcing them to invest deeply in their characters and stories.
- Best Voice Artist Performance: Renowned voice artists not only breathe extra life into designs, they also imagine how a character sounds in another language. Through their mastery of tone and the emotion their voices evoke, these talented artists add depth and transform anime characters into anime icons. This award will be honored to voice actors across Arabic, Castilian, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.